Once you have a diagnosis of TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) as your neuromuscular dentist, we will determine the degree to which your bite should be realigned. Each case is different and one possible means of treatment is orthodontics.
Neuromuscular orthodontics focuses on the relationship between muscles, jaw joints, and teeth. When properly aligned, the teeth function in harmony with the jaw joints and muscles. We use specific bioinstrumentation to assess optimal function among these three important elements. With this precise instrumentation, the guesswork is taken out of determining the correct jaw and bite position to alleviate the TMD.
This information is then used in the determination of orthodontic treatment. With this degree of precision, we can make specific alterations in your bite to affect the entire system of muscles, jaw joint, nerves and teeth using orthodontics.
Correcting your occlusion into proper position and orthodontic treatment can improve your dental health, and boost your self-confidence.
Orthodontics for Children and Adults
We recommend an orthodontic screening for children by 6 or 7 years of age. It is important to make an early assessment of how your child’s teeth are erupting as well as the size and alignment of the growing jawbone.
Current practices are to help children “grow into” their smiles with proper expansion and alignment of growing bones in addition to traditional bands, brackets and wires to straighten teeth. It is also important to check their tonsils and tongue position to assure that proper space is available for speech development and airway space. Each case is different, and depending upon the degree of correction necessary, we use either neuromuscular or traditional orthodontics to correct identified malocclusions.
Similarly for adults, each case is different. While many adults can benefit from Invisalign or traditional orthodontics to achieve a better smile, others necessitate neuromuscular orthodontic correction. We will carefully examine each patient and use all of our diagnostic tools and experience to determine which orthodontic solution will be best.
Are you one of the millions of adults in need of adult braces who are unhappy, self-conscious or even embarrassed of your smile?